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November 2010

Lancaster Comedy Club offers Nige, Chris Stokes, Kent Valentine for Decemeber

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 14:07: Nige - the creation of comedian Keith CarterAs December approaches The Lancaster Comedy Club at the Borough in Dalton Square has ensured that the extremely high standards it has set for stand up aficcionados in the area is well and truly maintained. The venue have two shows on offer, one on Sunday 12th December and one on Sunday the 19th.

Motorists warned to Take Care in the Cold

Monday, November 29, 2010 - 17:05: Lancashire police are urging motorists to take care now the weather has turned wintry. They say that extra attention is needed now the snow and ice have arrived, particularly with the roads being very busy with people finalising their plans for the Christmas holiday.

Two teenage girls killed in Garstang Road crash

Monday, November 29, 2010 - 10:23: Police appealing for witnesses after two teenage girls from Blackpool were killed in a road accident last night. At approximately 10.15pm police were called to reports on a road traffic collision on Garstang Road in Poulton. On arrival, police found a Renault Clio had left the road and collided with a tree before ending up in a field.

Petitioned MP Ollerenshaw Promises Public Cuts Debate

Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 20:50: Cornered at his constituency surgery at Lancaster Library yesterday, Lancaster's MP Eric Ollerenshaw received a letter petition from local people protesting about unfair cuts to services and jobs. To a considerable amount of good-humoured heckling, Mr Ollerenshaw said he had a different view and that he would speak at a public meeting to put his view forward and debate the cuts.

Lancaster Christmas Shelter: LDHAS Launch Appeal

Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 10:24: Lancaster and District Homeless Action Services (LDHAS) are appealing for donations for their 24th Christmas Shelter in Lancaster for people who are homeless or in housing poverty over the festive period. The Shelter will be open at St Thomas Church in the city centre from Friday 24th to Wednesday 29th December and will offer food and a safe and warm environment over the Christmas holiday.

Whirlwind Youth Theatre are Stepping into Narnia

Friday, November 26, 2010 - 16:49: Whirlwind Youth Theatre is stepping through C.S. Lewis' world-famous Wardrobe into the frozen waste of Narnia. Four children escaping from the Blitz as evacuees stay in old creepy house owned by professor Kirk and governed by a fierce house keeper called Mrs Macready. They discover a large old spidery wardrobe, full of fur coats, that is a door to the fantastical world of Narnia.

Public sector leaders join forces in face of spending cuts

Friday, November 26, 2010 - 15:14: Leading figures from public sector organisations across the district - including Liberal Democrat Council leader Stuart Langhorn and Conservative County Council leader Geoff Driver - have pledged to work together to support local residents and businesses in these difficult times.

Mopeds stolen in Lancaster

Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 15:10: An Aprilia RS Jorge Lorenzo replica motorbike stolen from Cavendish Avenue, Lancaster earlier this month. Police are appealing for information following the theft of a motorbike and two mopeds in Lancaster, taken overnight between 10 and 11 November 2010 from the Marsh area of the city.

500 School Students March in Lancaster Anti-Cuts Demo

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 16:40: Local school students rallied and marched in their hundreds today in Lancaster to protest against the cuts in education such as the abolition of the Education Maintainance Allowance (EMA), which helped teenagers from low-income families to stay on in education after age 16 to study A levels or do vocational training, which has been cut without consultation.

Theatre, dance and comedy a-plenty coming to The Dukes

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 12:54: New drama set on Morecambe Bay, a heart-warming musical play, and the 25th anniversary of its outdoor shows in Lancaster’s Williamson Park are highlights of a celebratory spring/summer season at The Dukes.

Motorists urged to give thieves the cold shoulder

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 12:11: Make sure you give thieves the cold shoulder – that’s the message to motorists from Lancashire Constabulary. The advice comes as a cold snap bites to deter motorists from leaving their cars unattended with the keys in the ignition and engine running while they defrost. “It only takes a few seconds for a thief to drive away in your vehicle," says Inspector Martin Bishop.

Teenage test purchase volunteers needed to crack down on underage sales

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 11:05: Teenagers are being asked to help in the crack down on underage alcohol sales by signing up to be a test purchaser. During operations run by police and Trading Standards, teenage test purchasers enter pubs and off-licences in the Lancaster and Morecambe area to see if staff will challenge them and ask for identification when they try to buy alcohol.

Nationwide appeal following Care Home fraud

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 11:02: Officers have issued photographs of two people they want to speak to in connection with bank card fraud following a theft at a Staffordshire care home earlier this year, believing the suspects may be based in another part of the country - perhaps somewhere in Lancashire.

Claughton Moor Wind farm plans revised, but still causing local concern

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 12:40: Community Windpower Ltd has announced their new plans for Claughton Moor Community Windfarm have been re-submitted to Lancaster City Council - but concerned locals have asked for more time to consider the proposal before it is re-considered by the Planning Committee.

Jingle bells keep Christmas shoppers safe

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 17:10: Shoppers are to be given their own set of Christmas jingle bells to keep their bags and purses safe while out during the festive period. It is the fifth year that police in Lancaster and Morecambe have distributed the bells, which attach to a shopper’s bag and alert them if someone tries to tamper with it.

Sowden Suspended as Councillor

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 11:08: Councillor Keith Sowden, Lancaster City councillor for the Overton ward, will be suspended for a period of 28 days from today until 19th December and will be unable to perform official council duties, including ward work, during that period.

"Bring Down this Unelected Government!" Anger Grows as Cuts Protests Planned:

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 14:17: ‘Bring down this unelected coalition government’, was the message repeated again and again at a packed meeting on Thursday evening organised by Lancaster & Morecambe Against the Cuts.

Dismay as Tesco finally comes to town

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 12:41: An photograph of the artist's impression of Lancaster's new Travelodge, courtesy of Tim Hamilton-Cox.When local businesses go under now that Tesco have finally got their way and will open a Metro store in Lancaster, remember it was Councillor Roger Sherlock who proposed approving their plans - united with fellow Labour councillors and Conservative and Liberal Democrat colleagues at this week's...

Former Hornby Head Teacher Goes Green

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 11:28: Former head of Hornby High School Caroline Jackson has announced that she is intending to stand as a Green Party candidate in Lancaster's John O'Gaunt Ward in the 2011 City Council elections.

Morecambe FC kick start new Sainsbury's

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 16:44: Sainsbury's Supermarket opening, Morecambe with Store Manager Martin Corban (left) and Morcambe FC manager Sammy Mcllroy Image courtesy Sainsbury's. © Chris Bull/ UNP 01274 412222 Morecambe FC helped to kick off Sainsbury’s newest store opening in Morecambe today.

Ready, steady… go, Santa, go!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 11:45: With just over a week to go until Santa Dash 2010 - Lancaster’s festive fun run that marks the start of the city’s Christmas celebrations – it’s time to dust off your jingle bells and get in on the action.

Recession boosts take up of Morecambe Festival Market stalls

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 11:12: With local retailers feeling the pinch as the recession continues and the number of devastating public service cuts continues to grow by the day, business amongst market traders appears to be booming at Lancaster City Council’s Festival Market in Morecambe - although Lancaster Market still seems in the doldrums.

Appeal after Xeon bike stolen from Morecambe car

Friday, November 12, 2010 - 14:00: Morecambe police are appealing for information after a bike was stolen from a vehicle parked in the town. The Renault Megane car was targeted overnight on Friday night (29th October) into Saturday (30th October) while it was parked in an alleyway on Tunstall Street. A Haro Xeon pedal cycle and a satellite navigation system were stolen from the car.

Free parking for Christmas shoppers in Lancaster and Morecambe

Friday, November 12, 2010 - 09:00: Shoppers will be able to enjoy free parking at selected times in Lancaster and Morecambe in the run up to Christmas. On Sundays between 28th November and 26th December there will be free parking at all of Lancaster City Council’s pay and display car parks in Lancaster and Morecambe. There will also be free parking for anyone coming into Lancaster to enjoy late night Thursday shopping.

Local Stop the Cuts Poster Released

Friday, November 12, 2010 - 08:54: Lancaster and Morecambe Against the Cuts have released a poster for next Thursday's (18th November) public meeting at Lancaster Town Hall. Around 25 local people from diverse political backgrounds, trades unions and community groups got together to organise a protest group in protest at the sweeping cuts to public services being planned by the Con-Dem government.

Council Tax freeze recommended for 2011

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 11:05: There will be no increase in Lancaster City Council’s element of Council Tax next year, if recommendations from the council’s Cabinet are approved. But the lack of any rise will not help the Council protect services already under threat from massive cuts in government funding and the Council's Liberal Democrat leader warns these will be substantial.

Don’t be left in the dark when it comes to home security

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 13:45: Lancashire police are urging people not to be left in the dark with their home security now the clocks have gone back. Officers are reminding householders to check lighting and security and to brush up on those good security habits that may have been relaxed during the summer.

Girl, 17, missing from Morecambe

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 13:43: Morecambe police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a 17 year old girl who has been missing for five days. Olga Karfikova was last seen at West End Park in Heysham around 5.00pm on Friday 5th November. She failed to return home that evening and hasn’t been seen since.

Music Co-op's 25th Birthday Weekend Bash Line-Up

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 14:15: Lancaster Music Co-op's 25th birthday Weekender takes place this weekend at The Yorkshire House, Lancaster, with Morecambe's The Heartbreaks headlining the special music festival. The band have been heard a lot on national radio and have been tipped for the top by the NME.

City Council seeks views on Fireworks Night Show, safety concerns raised

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 10:53: Lancaster City Council is asking for local views on the way Lancaster's Fireworks Spectacular was run this year, after an estimated 10,000 people watched the display from the four official viewing areas at Ryelands Park, Williamson Park, Salt Ayre Sports Centre and Giant Axe.

Morecambe assault suspect charged

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 09:41: Police have charged a man in connection with a serious assault in Morecambe at the weekend. Just before 5.00pm on Saturday afternoon (6th November) police were called to West End Road to reports of a serious assault. On arrival, they found a 43-year-old man with stab wounds.

Greens condemn councillor's censure over ASCO

Monday, November 8, 2010 - 12:30: Green Party councillors have hit out at a City Council Standards Committee case against Coun Jon Barry dating back to earlier this year, which has only just been heard and resulted in his censure.

Stolen caravan recovered in Morecambe

Friday, November 5, 2010 - 15:27: Police have recovered an £11,000 caravan from a site in Morecambe, after it was stolen from Garstang last year. Caravan owners are now being asked to make sure they have security measures in place so that their property is not targeted by criminals.

Sainsbury's Morecambe employs 270, but fears for other local jobs remain

Friday, November 5, 2010 - 15:23: Sainsbury's has announced that nearly 300 new jobs have been created in the area as the result of its new Morecambe superstore, but its long term impact on local employment may not be so positive.

Local poets in new eBook Poetry Anthology

Friday, November 5, 2010 - 12:57: Lancaster LitFest has launched An Elastic Sky, an expansive free eBook anthology from Flax Books featuring poems that orbit moon, kitchen tables, oceans, attics and football pitches. Throughout, they show a tenderness and quiet ruthlessness for honesty in our disquieting world.

Fleetwood Halloweeners turn more trick than treat

Friday, November 5, 2010 - 10:33: Police in Fleetwood are appealing for witnesses after a group of teenagers turned into sneaky thieves on Hallowe'en. The incident happened at 7.00pm on Sunday 31st October on Seabank Road in Fleetwood. A group of youngster approached the house and knocked on the door as trick or treaters.

Man ‘pepper sprayed’ in Morecambe

Friday, November 5, 2010 - 09:46: (Updated 9/11/10): Police are appealing for information after a man was believed to have been ‘pepper sprayed’ in Morecambe. Sometime between 11.30pm and 12.30am on Saturday night (30th October 2010), a 48-year-old man from the town was walking along Glentworth Road East. A car pulled up beside him with two men onboard and they sprayed him in the eyes before driving off.

19ninetynine headlines Guy Fawkes gig at the Yorkshire House

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 15:06: 19ninetynine, who are playing the Yorkshire House on Saturday night. © Black Orchard Photography 2010. More info: a CaptionSave CaptionCancel Manchester-based netlabel Flat Hedgehog Records has organised a smart-sounding Guy Fawkes music event at Lancaster's Yorkshire House on 5th November.

Bonzo! Doo Dah Band at the Platform

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 13:12: Fans of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band will be delighted to learn that Roger Ruskin Spear, Rodney Slater and Sam Spoons have teamed up with super-pianist Dave Glasson to bring more fun and music to the Platform on Saturday 20th November.

Appeal to trace man in Garstang

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 12:43: Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man following an incident at a shop in Garstang. Just before 5.00pm on Friday 24th September, a man entered the Co-Op store on High Street in the town. After paying for a box of chocolates, the man asked the cashier if they could change a quantity of notes.

Heysham Power Station offline status 'routine'

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 16:18: One of Heysham nuclear reactors was taken offline on Monday after what owners EDF Energy called an "unplanned outage" - but the power station has categorically denied internet rumours that it was caused by a computer virus. "We took unit 2 at Heysham 1 off line on 1st November to carry out a routine repair," a spokesperson for the Station told virtual-lancaster.

Food and Film at The Dukes

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 13:08: A feast for the eyes and tastebuds is on the menu at The Dukes on Saturday 20th November., because the cinema has teamed up with Lancaster’s Sanah Patel to provide a great food and film offer. For the special price of £7.50, film fans will receive a ticket to see the film Peepli[Live] and a selection of Indian food created by Sanah’s Eastern Cuisine.

GM food Documentary screening at The Dukes

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 11:53: A screening of a documentary about GM food at The Dukes next week (Wednesday 10th November) is sure to stir plenty of fresh debate about this controversial topic.

International Idiocy Lands In Lancaster!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 11:12: Those funny folk at The Lancaster Comedy Club will be bringing a truly international flavour to the city on Sunday 14th November with acts from as far afield as Ireland and New Zealand.

Lancaster to host first Anarchist Fair

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 10:15: In the midst of looming wide ranging cuts to public services the first ever Lancaster Anarchist Fair will open its doors this (Saturday 6th November) in the Friends' Meeting House, Lancaster. As an example of anarchy in action organisers tell us the event is free, organised by local volunteers.

Lancashire Chief Constable Reflects on a Successful Year as crime figures fall again

Monday, November 1, 2010 - 13:20: Although 2011 may prove problematic for Lancashire Police, with cuts to their budget on the cards, falling crime levels, an excellent rating from HMIC and national recognition for public protection work, are just some of the successes highlighted in the Lancashire Constabulary Chief Constable’s 2009-2010 Annual Report.